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Vail Valley Bizwatch: Where the Heart is Life Skills

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Vail, CO, Colorado
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Business name: Where The Heart Is Life Skills Enrichment Programs for Children, Teens, Families and Community.

Date opened: 2005.

Owner: Marie Sulahian.

Contact Info:


Mail: P.O. Box 2707 Vail, 81658.

Phone: 970-390-3460.

What goods or services do you provide? Where The Heart Is Enrichment Life Skills Enrichment Programs provide workshops and counseling that offer life skills instruction and mentorship. Through hands-on lessons and discussions kids participate in activities as varied as scrapbook/journaling, sewing, cooking or beading jewelry.

While the children, teens or family members are having fun, interacting and learning new skills, they are encouraged to engage on a fresh, new level to think differently about themselves and various relationships in their lives, their potential for leadership and what will promote their healthy character development. The lessons are taught with emphasis on primary prevention, guiding children as early in their developmental years as possible toward making healthy social and emotional choices to stay well.

What’s new or exciting at your place? Where The Heart Is Enrichment Programs is currently offering Mother/Daughter Enrichment Workshops at the Miller Ranch Community Room in Edwards on Tuesday and Friday evenings. Dinner is served and girls and their mothers will be creating holiday compassion outreach projects together to provide to the community. Pre-registration is necessary to reserve a space. The cost is $25 per mother/daughter pair.

Additionally, there is a Girls Friendship circle: “Rainbow Heart of Compassion” after-school small group program available. This program is being offered in local private and public schools in the Vail Valley.

What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? Where The Heart Is Enrichment workshops and groups are kept small for optimum attention to reach each participant. The activities and discussions are created to allow for a rich and meaningful experience for the participants. Whether it’s a new life skill such as sewing or simply designing a piece of jewelry and discussing matters of friendship, participants leave with a sense of having been genuinely heard and understood as the unique individual that they are. Our services are aimed at a secular community yet also provids lessons with more spiritual content in additional faith-based programming, to those customers who are seeking such lessons.

What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? While facilitating the enrichment lessons of Where The Heart Is to children and teens, I find it a great honor to have an opportunity to hear their unique qualities of character and to reflect that individuality back to them in a positive and empowering way. The intention is to guide them toward optimum self esteem and a sense of balance in their mind, body and spiritual well-being.

I strive to be a positive teacher and influence in a child or teenager’s spiritual life guiding them to a compassionate perspective of the world while developing their potential as leaders reflecting the eternal values of God.

What can your customers expect from you? Those who take part in Where The Heart Is Enrichment Program activities can expect a rich and meaningful experience. Parents can be assured their child will be given a fun experience that captures many teachable moments to enhance their child’s individual qualities of friendship, leadership, and character, not to mention learning a life skill that will enhance their self esteem and may even become a hobby or a business. When lessons are being taught in a faith-based context an extra emphasis is offered to enhance the participant’s social spiritual well-being.

Tells us a little about your background, education and experience: I’m originally from Shelter Island, New York. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in sociology in Cortland New York, and spending a few years living in Yosemite, Calif., I became inspired to receive a massage therapy certification that allowed me to catch the wave of working in the spa industry beginning in 1990.

I have lived in the Vail Valley for the past 14 years. Living here, I developed Where The Heart Is Enrichment Programs, which integrate and utilize my wellness knowledge and fulfilling my life-long desire to work and inspire the minds and hearts of children and youth to learn ways to develop their potential.

I am a former leader and volunteer in the Eagle County Cooperative Extension 4-H program. I have a masters degree from Adams State College in Alamosa and am a nationally certified counselor.

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